Groundbreaking of new hotel

Members of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Hocking County Commissioners and other distinguished members of the community gathered Tuesday for the groundbreaking ceremony for The Worthington of Logan Hotel in Downtown Logan.

LOGAN — A celebration was held Tuesday when members of Logan Anew, LLC and the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce broke ground on The Worthington of Logan Hotel in Downtown Logan.

Since being officially announced earlier in the year by founding members of Logan Anew, LLC, at the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce Groundhog Breakfast, there has been much anticipation for a preliminary design and groundbreaking.

At the breakfast, Joyce Gerstner, member of Logan Anew, LLC, provided information about a new boutique hotel for Downtown Logan. She noted on Tuesday the goal of this new business is to bring more people downtown.

Andy Good, executive director of the Hocking Hills Chamber of Commerce, stated he’s excited to see a business like this move in downtown and feels it will be a catalyst for more downtown revitalization.

City of Logan Mayor, Greg Fraunfelter, feels this is exactly what historic downtown needed and hopes it will stimulate more business to the downtown area.

Hocking County Commissioner Jeff Dickerson commented, “I’m really, really, happy that we have Larry (Gerstner) and his wife in our community and in our county. With this facility coming downtown it’s definitely going to do great business and I believe in my heart that it will bring people downtown and it will in return boost the downtown economy.”

Additionally, a representative from Governor Mike DeWine’s office made an appearance to read a proclamation signed by DeWine.

“It is our hope that this new hotel will greatly benefit the Logan community, best wishes for many years of success,” shared Bonnie Ward, the Southeast Ohio Regional Liaison.

Joyce thanked everyone for coming out to the celebration and groundbreaking because it indicates the amount of community support they have moving forward. She mentioned Larry has worked hard on the proposed plans — the plans were available for everyone to view and provide input on.

“We’re really trying to get this to embrace the community and the area, we’re trying to do that from the outside and making it match the ambience of Downtown Logan. We’re trying to make this as energy and environmentally friendly as possible,” added Joyce.

The hotel will be built on the corner of Spring and Second Street and will have 37 rooms in a two-story facility. The exterior will be simple and made to replicate the historic area of downtown to blend in. The first floor will have a center atrium, pool, hot tub, and gathering area all encompassed by tropical plants to add to the aesthetic. There will be rooms surrounding the center atrium with skylights and potentially a retractable roof.

The deed to the property states the property of West Second, LLC was sold by owner Donald Wood to Logan Anew, LLC or Larry Gerstner on Dec. 7, 2018. This property contains two tracts, the first one with two parcels at 32 and 65 West Second Street, and the second tract with four parcels on 58 West Second Street.

According to information received from the Hocking County Deputy Auditor Christy O’Nail’s office, the property was purchased for $499,000.

The definition of a boutique hotel is a small stylish hotel situated in an urban location that typically has between 10 and 100 rooms with upscale accommodations and unique selling points.

The Worthington of Logan was the chosen name as a celebration of unique history in the city and of Thomas Worthington, who established Logan in 1816 while he was Governor of Ohio.

As a brief history, Worthington Park was named in honor of Worthington who lived from 1773 – 1827. He set the lot aside while laying out the village for a public market place. Having this hotel within walking distance of Worthington Park the website states, “we feel this is a fitting name to celebrate Downtown Logan, and Ohio’s heritage.”

The mission statement of Logan Anew, LLC is simple, “We are committed to supporting the revitalization of downtown Logan by attracting overnight guests in anticipation that they will patronize the local businesses and encourage new businesses to local to downtown. Our focus will be on using locally sourced products, supporting local businesses and embracing the local heritage.”

Information about the proposed boutique hotel can be found at logananew.com.

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